F1: Ferrari presents 2019 race car - the SF90

'We're on the right road' says Vettel

(ANSA) - Maranello, February 15 - Ferrari presented its 2019 Formula One race car - the SF90 - at its Maranello headquarters on Friday. Ferrari President John Elkann, CEO Louis Camilleri, new team principal Mattia Binotto and drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were present, along with Piero Ferrari, the son of late founder Enzo Ferrari.
    "I can't wait to get in the car and start," said Germany's four-time world champion Vettel.
    "Each time the excitement is incredible.
    "As a team we are on the right road. Let's hope we keep improving". Ferrari have drafted in talented youngster Leclerc to replace Kimi Raikkonen this season as they seek to end a long drought of world titles. Leclerc said that: "I prepared the maximum I could during the winter break, physically and mentally". Ferrari's last constructor's championship win dates to 2008 and the last drivers' title goes back to when Raikkonen won in 2007 during his first of two stints with the team.
    "In 2018 we got really good achievements," said Binotto. "This car is a development of last year's car, it's not a revolution. "We've tried to push the bar, try to be some extreme as we could. "Some changes like the front wing for the regulations. "If you look at the details, we've tried to push hard, be innovative. "If you look at the bodywork at the back, it's very slim.
    "It's thanks to the entire job we've done. A lot of effort has been done. We like it".
    One of the most striking aspects of the new car is its colour - a red that is slightly less bright than the hue Ferrari usually go for.
    The name SF90 refers to the fact that this year is Ferrari's 90th anniversary.
    "The car embodies the latest state of the art technology, reflects the new regulations for the coming season and is the fruit of the combined enormous work and talent of everyone in the Scuderia," said CEO Camilleri.
   

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